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Malu Kirata

There is Kiri Hodi and there is also Malu Kirata, or Sri Lankan fish coconut stew. Furthermore, when we speak about Sri Lankan food on the whole, how can not include coconut milk mostly (Sri Lankan Carrot Salad) for whichever dish for the matter (Sodhi)? You bet. Of course, we Asians pretty much love the concept of coconut milk tipping into our cooking as well. In fact, why go so far. Even for our Malaysian savory dishes (Salted Fish Pineapple Coconut Stew & Shrimp Coconut Milk) and even for our desserts (Pumpkin Sago Dessert) and I think fish is a diet for maybe everyone around the world regardless whether we are surrounded by sea or not. Over in Malaysia too (Malaysian Fish Sambal) and in my house particularly, we are fish dependent at least twice or once a week and who can be a better Malaysian to speak about fish except Nava K. Various types of fish dishes from near and far beyond has already been my cooking skills (Nadan Meen Curry, Malabar Fish Curry, Meen Puttu & Thai Fish Noodle Soup) and I don't think there will be a full-stop to fish for as long as forever (Burmese Fish Biryani, Mauritian Fish Curry, Vietnamese Fish Soup & Bengali Fish Curry). This Malu Kirata was the latest trended in my kitchen. Perhaps not really the authentic kinda, but trust me, without compromising on Sri Lankan food fab. Masala fried fish tipped into a creamy and tangy coconut milk stew.

For the fish
2 medium size tenggiri/Indian mackerel - cut into bite sizes
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp riceflour
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp plain curry powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
**Except for oil, marinate fish the rest of the ingredients for at least one hour.

For the coconut milk gravy
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 tomato - slice
1 medium size red onion - slice
1 red chilli - slice
1/2 inch ginger - slice
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
1/tbsp turmeric powder - remove the skin and crush
Lime juice - per taste
2 stalks spring onion - slice
Salt to taste
Heat oil and when heated, fry fish in batches.
Remove and keep aside.
Simmer 2 cups of water with turmeric in a pot. 
When heated through, scoop out the turmeric which is not needed anymore.
Then add tomato, onion, ginger, chilli and fenugreek seeds.
Simmer, pour in coconut milk, add fried fish and salt. 
Gently stir and just after 2-3 minutes, remove from heat.
Combine in spring onion and lime juice. 


  1. Looks very yummy!! fish fried 1st is a great idea, my mom does that when she cooks fish gravy

  2. Fish Curry looks great,we love to have with rice.

  3. such a wonderful presentation dear.. drooling ... beautifully made fish curry in coconut milk .. all time my fav :) Love


  5. Hi dear! Hope u r doing well! Wanted to invite u to my very 1st event Back to School Lunch Ideas :) Ur participation will be mostt welcomed :)

  6. I'm so in love with this fish curry..just loved the gravy...yummy and flavourful

  7. Like that your other half sure have very god eye sight coz fish good for the eyes, right?

    Mmm....this dish look something like Fish head noodle . Bet it taste great

  8. fish sodhi looks fab Nava:)love the presentation

  9. Mouthwatering gravy! I'm sure the spices made it more flavorful!

  10. Looks lovely Nava ! I've only tried sodhi with vegetables,this looks so yummy will try it out soon...Lovely clicks Nava !

  11. Looks delicious fish curry!!!
    i really craving for it now....

  12. When its fish I am there.... Looks yum

  13. The fish gravy looks so delicious..Lovely color!

  14. This looks different I never seen a recipe with these ingredients sounds interesting to taste


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